US may have to spend hundreds of billions treating COVID-19
A new study published in the journal
in April 2020 quantifies the financial and resource burden which could be placed on the U.S. healthcare system at varying levels of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) community spread. The findings warn that allowing the virus to spread uncurbed will likely cost billions of dollars in direct medical expenses, and overwhelm current medical facilities, such as hospital beds and ventilators. The conclusion is that applying quarantines and social distancing to control the spread of COVID-19 could be unwelcome, but could be the only effective way to prevent such devastating losses.
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